Randy Avram is Team Leader of the firm's Labor & Employment practice. Mr. Avram acts as national and regional employment litigation and labor counsel for several Fortune 100 companies. He has successfully defended numerous high profile class actions. Mr. Avram has also acted as first chair in more than 300 state and federal employment litigation cases. Mr. Avram has represented companies of all sizes in more than 50 union avoidance campaigns with a greater than 95 percent win rate. He has also acted as first chair in more than 100 NLRB cases and labor arbitrations. He represents management in all aspects of labor and employment and traditional labor law.

In addition, Mr. Avram often handles high profile workplace violence/workplace catastrophe cases including those involving fatalities and OSHA investigations. Mr. Avram regularly negotiates labor contracts for a variety of companies – large and small. He routinely works with companies to establish litigation avoidance programs, having trained more than 5,000 supervisors and managers.

Mr. Avram is listed in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Labor & Employment Law and each previous edition since 2006. He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Labor and Employment Law in 2018 and the 11 years immediately preceding. Mr. Avram was also recognized as a 2016 and 2018 "Raleigh Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America®. He has been recognized as a North Carolina “Super Lawyer” for Employment & Labor and Employment Litigation: Defense by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2006 and in 2012 and 2013, he was named a North Carolina "Top 100 Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine. In addition, Mr. Avram was honored as a "Legal Elite" by Business North Carolina magazine in 2005, 2013 and 2014 as one of North Carolina’s top employment attorneys and as a Triangle area "Mover & Shaker" by Business Leader Magazine. He is a recipient of the 2014 Client Choice Award USA & Canada in the Employment & Labor category for North Carolina from Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO). Mr. Avram is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association, Committee on the Development of the Law under the National Labor Relations Act, Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section Governing Council, Member

Triangle Area Red Cross, Board of Directors, Member

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (1985)
    with highest honors
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. (1981)

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina (1986)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

As team lead, it is my responsibility to ensure our clients have a fully engaged team of labor and employment lawyers dedicated to efficiently addressing and resolving their issues.

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Randall D. Avram

Experience Highlights

Disability discrimination lawsuit for one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers
Successfully defended one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers in a disability discrimination lawsuit brought under the Americans with more
Age discrimination litigation for one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers
Successfully represented one of the largest U.S. forest products manufacturers in a lawsuit alleging more
Putative class action against express delivery services company
Represented express delivery services company in connection with a putative class action brought in New York Federal court under the Fair Labor more
Workplace violence defense for fiber optic cable company
Successfully represented a fiber optic cable company in a landmark workplace violence case featured on 60 Minutes. more